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A list of former Jewish Senators, with photos. These are important Jews who take part in running the United States government. There was a time when an American Jewish politician was rare or even unheard of. Today, although still a minority, the concept of "Jews in politics", a Jew seeking public office, is hardly unusual. Although less than 2.5% of the US population is Jewish, 10% of the US Senate follow the Judaic faith, and almost 7% of the House of Representatives. We can take heart that the antisemitism of the past is falling aside to more modern ideals. As a world, we have come a long way since the Holocaust.

Abraham Ribicoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Abraham Ribicoff

Arlen Specter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 82 (1930-2012) - Arlen Specter was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Specter was a Democrat from 1951 to 1965, then a Republican from 1965 until 2009, when he switched back to the Democratic Party. ...more

Barry M. Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Barry M. Goldwater

Benjamin F. Jonas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 77 (1834-1911) - Benjamin Franklin Jonas was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Louisiana and an officer in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was the third Jew to serve in the Senate.

David Levy Yulee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 76 (1810-1886) - David Levy Yulee was an American politician and attorney of Jewish Moroccan origins from Florida, a territorial delegate to Congress, the first Jewish member of the United States Senate and a ...more

Edward Zorinsky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 59 (1928-1987) - Edward Zorinsky was an American politician. A Democrat, he served as a U.S. Senator from Nebraska from 1976 until his death in 1987. He was the first Jewish person elected to statewide office in ...more

Ernest Gruening is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 87 (1887-1974) - Ernest Henry Gruening was an American journalist and Democrat who was the Governor of the Alaska Territory from 1939 until 1953, and a United States Senator from Alaska from 1959 until 1969.

George Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Jewish Former Senators
age 66 - George Felix Allen is an American politician and member of the Republican Party from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The son of NFL head coach George Allen, he served in the Virginia House of ...more

Herbert Lehman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Herbert Lehman

Howard Metzenbaum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 91 (1917-2008) - Howard Morton Metzenbaum was an American politician who served for almost 20 years as a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from Ohio. He also served in the Ohio House of Representatives and ...more

Isidor Rayner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 62 (1850-1912) - Isidor Rayner was a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing the State of Maryland from 1905 to 1912. He also represented the Fourth Congressional District of Maryland from ...more

Jacob Hecht is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Jacob Hecht

Jacob Javits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Jacob Javits

Joseph Simon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 84 (1851-1935) - Joseph Simon was a German-born politician and attorney in the U.S. state of Oregon. He was born in Bechtheim, Hesse, and his family immigrated to the United States when he was one year old, ...more

Judah P. Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 73 (1811-1884) - Judah Philip Benjamin QC was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate States and, after his escape to the United Kingdom at ...more

Norm Coleman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Jewish Former Senators
age 69 - Norman Bertram "Norm" Coleman, Jr., is an American lobbyist, lawyer and politician. He served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 2003 until 2009. Coleman was elected in 2002 and ...more

Paul Wellstone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 58 (1944-2002) - Paul David Wellstone was an American academic and politician who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash in 2002. A member of the Democratic ...more

Pierre Salinger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 79 (1925-2004) - Pierre Emil George Salinger was a White House Press Secretary to U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Salinger served as a United States Senator in 1964 and was campaign ...more

Richard B. Stone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Richard B. Stone

Richard L. Neuberger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 48 (1912-1960) - Richard Lewis Neuberger was an American journalist, author, and politician during the middle of the 20th century. A native of Oregon, he would write for The New York Times before and after a ...more

Rudy Boschwitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Jewish Former Senators
age 88 - Rudolph Ely "Rudy" Boschwitz is a former Independent-Republican United States Senator from Minnesota. He served in the Senate from December 1978 to January 1991, in the 96th, 97th, ...more

Russ Feingold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Jewish Former Senators
age 65 - Russell Dana "Russ" Feingold is a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. He served as a Democratic party member of the U.S. Senate from January 3, 1993 to January 3, ...more

Simon Guggenheim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 74 (1867-1941) - John Simon Guggenheim was an American businessman, politician, and philanthropist.

Ted Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Jewish Former Senators
age 79 - Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman is an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Delaware from 2009 to 2010. From 2010 until 2011, he chaired the Congressional Oversight ...more

Warren Rudman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Jewish Former Senators
Died at 82 (1930-2012) - Warren Bruce Rudman was an American attorney and Republican politician who served as United States Senator from New Hampshire between 1980 and 1993. He was known as a moderate centrist, to such ...more

William Cohen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Jewish Former Senators
age 78 - William Sebastian Cohen is an author and American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. A Republican, Cohen served as both a member of the United States House of Representatives and Senate, ...more